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Faculty & Staff Crier E-Newsletter
Announcements for the weeks of May 11 and 18

Personal Announcements

A message from the Department of Marketing and Communications

This is the last scheduled issue of Crier before it takes a summer hiatus. Throughout the rest of the summer, Crier will be sent on an as-needed basis and return to its regular weekly schedule at the start of the Fall 2015 semester. If you have news or an announcement that needs to be shared with the college community during the summer, please submit a request online. Thank you.

A message from Purchasing regarding W.B. Mason orders

The last day for placing orders against existing W.B. Mason blankets through the online ordering system for FY15 will be June 19. This will allow all deliveries to be made during the week of June 22 to 26.

Please verify the contents of your order as soon as it has been delivered. If any portion of the order needs to be returned, please contact W.B. Mason immediately so that a pickup can be scheduled. This will allow for credits to be processed in a timely manner. Send all packing slips to Accounts Payable as soon as the orders have been verified to help expedite year-end processing.

To more efficiently process W.B. Mason blanket orders for FY16, departments will not need to enter a Banner requisition to create a new blanket purchase order. The Purchasing Department will generate new blanket POs based on the existing ones using the same numbering sequence. Departments will be notified when the online system is available to place FY16 orders. Departments can make advice of changes to the Mason purchase orders once they have been established. The only exceptions to this process are new grant monies. Please email Purchasing with any questions.

Information Technology notice to all faculty

Upgrade to electronic classrooms and computer labs is about to start

labsPlease use the IT Software Request form to request software to be installed in the e-classrooms and labs for the fall semester.

Deadline for software requests for the fall semester is July 17. After this time, the base image has been finalized and distribution will begin.

If you have questions, please send an email.

Mass shooting incident research

CCRI staff and adjunct faculty member Kyle Gamache, CAGS, LMHC, QMHP, along with two members of Roger Williams University's department of psychology, Judith Platania, Ph.D., and Matt Zaitchik, Ph.D., recently published the results of their research on mass shooting events, particularly school shootings.

The study, "An Examination of the Individual and Contextual Characteristics Associated with Active Shooter Events," focuses on behaviors and risk factors associated with active shooting events.

The team analyzed close to 100 cases of mass shootings at schools, public places and offices throughout the world. The group hopes that the research will help federal and local law enforcement, as well as school administrators, identify warning behaviors prior to a violent event and intervene before injury or loss of life.

View the study online.

Students recognized at International Career Development Conference

Members of the Liston and Knight Campus Collegiate DECA, along with DECA advisers Joanne Orabone and Cecile Roberti, attended the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida, and returned with outstanding success stories.

  • Both the Liston and Knight chapters were recognized for the achievement of the Presidential Leadership Passport Award. This award encourages local chapters and individual members to plan activities and participate in events that enhance the experiences of members.
  • Individual Gold Leadership Passport Awards were presented to: Elton Dos Santos, Abigail Okyere, Kenny Andrade Gome, Ashley Poole, Rachel Tousignant, Rosseline Bencosme and Roy Sylvander.
  • Receiving individual Blue Leadership Passport Awards were: Alysha Fraser, Nina Soares, Abigail Checo, Joel De Leon, Liane Conceicao, Rubi Olivares and Leo Whitehouse.
  • Additionally, the ICDC focuses on career competencies and, this year, Nina Soares took home a Top 10 medal in Accounting Principles and Kenny Andrade Gomes and Rachel Tousignant were members of a four-person team that placed third in the country in National Management Institute.
  • The Collegiate DECA Academic Honor Award was presented to Nina Soares and Leo Whitehouse. To receive this award, a student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have demonstrated participation in Collegiate DECA activities, leadership and community service.
  • Chapter Leadership Awards were presented to Elton Dos Santos, Nina Soares and Roy Sylvander.
  • The Liston Chapter received a Community Service Award for its ongoing work with the Rhode Island Food Bank.

We are so proud of our CCRI DECA members!

-- Joanne Orabone, Liston Collegiate DECA adviser

In memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of student Evan Miller on April 14. His passing had a profound effect on the college community. Read what his classmates and Assistant Professor Paula Domenico had to say about Evan's impact on them.

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New Announcements

Invitation to 'Miracle on Promenade' at the Odeum

miracleStudents, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend a special off-campus screening of the documentary "Miracle on Promenade," an hourlong history of Rhode Island Junior College/Community College of Rhode Island from 1964-1980 that was produced by CCRI's Department of Marketing and Communications. The event, sponsored by the CCRI Foundation, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. General admission costs $10 and student admission costs $5. Tickets may be purchased soon at the Greenwich Odeum box office or online. Any proceeds from the event will help fund student book scholarships.

The film includes historical footage as well as recent interviews and encompasses the establishment of a junior college in Rhode Island, its presidents, the expansion to the Knight and Flanagan campuses, and the name change. Click here to see a preview of the documentary.

The event is open to the public.

Annual open enrollment period

The annual open enrollment period is being held from May 18 to June 12 for biweekly employees. This is the one time a year when you are able to make changes or enroll in the following benefit programs:

  • Medical/pharmacy
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account (health care and day care)*
  • Group legal insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability

Elections or changes, including health waiver elections or changes, can occur only during the annual open enrollment period unless a qualifying status change occurs during the year. All election changes will become effective on July 1.

If you wish to make changes or enroll, please complete the form(s) no later than June 12 and submit to the Office of Human Resources. Completed forms are necessary only if you want to make changes to your existing coverage or if you want to enroll in one of the above programs.

*The only exception is for Flexible Spending Account elections. All current FSA participants must make a new election to continue participating after June 2015.

See the Office of Human Resources website for forms.


  • The IRS has increased the annual Health Care FSA limit from $2,500 to $2,550. The Day Care FSA annual limit remains at $5,000.
  • Effective July 1, the life insurance rates will increase. See the Office of Employee Benefits website for the new life insurance rate sheet.

All completed forms should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at CCRI for processing. Should you have any questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 825-2311 or by email.

Faculty Association scholarships

Help spread the word: The CCRI Faculty Association is offering eight financial awards in the amount of $600 each to students continuing their studies at CCRI. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement or financial need. Visit the Faculty Association website for details. The deadline to apply is May 29.

Massage clinics to be held in Newport

CCRI Therapeutic Massage students will run the annual student massage therapy clinics from May 18 to July 13 at the Newport County Campus. Appointments will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a limit of one massage per person. Appointments cannot be made until an online questionnaire is completed and submitted to Catherine Sardinha or faxed to 401-851-1671. Once the form is received, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. The price for a one-hour massage is $20. Anyone with questions should call 401-851-1722.

25th anniversary PTA continuing education program

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the Department of Rehabilitative Health will host a continuing education event, "Wellness through the Ages" from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Newport County Campus. CCRI faculty, students and alumni, as well as the clinical faculty who serve our students, are invited to attend.

The course topics will focus on changes with the aging population, licensure requirements and legislative issues faced by the Rhode Island physical therapy community. Speakers include Lisa Walkin, MS, PT, GCS, and Melissa Nassaney '98, DPT, MS. Attendees will be awarded three continuing education hours.

There also will be an opportunity for participants to connect with PTA alumni and others in the field and tour the Newport County Campus.

There is a $20 registration fee but the event is free to CCRI PTA students. Online registration and additional event details will be available in the coming weeks. The registration deadline is June 12. Check the CCRI website often for details.

FUNdamentals basketball camp

FUNdamentalsLearn basketball from the best. CCRI will host FUNdamentals, a basketball camp for boys and girls, on June 27 and 28 at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House in Warwick. Camp directors Ernie DiGregorio and Kevin Stacom are two of the most decorated and successful basketball players to play collegiate basketball in Rhode Island. Ernie and Kevin know that fundamentals are the skill-based building blocks that anyone must master to establish his or her value as a player and teammate.

The camp will run in two age-specific sessions:

  • Morning session for 9- to 12-year-olds: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28.
  • Afternoon session for 13- to 16-year-olds: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28.

The cost is $100 per two-day session. For more information and to register, visit the Athletics camp website or call 401-825-1056.

Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program lottery

If you have a child who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and you live in an eligible community, you may qualify to enter a lottery for free high-quality preschool. The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program, operated by the Rhode Island Department of Education, is accepting lottery applications through Monday, June 1.

Imagine Preschool at the Knight Campus and Ready to Learn Providence at the Liston Campus are participating locations. Other locations also are available.

Learn more and apply online.

Upcoming music event: 'Hello Broadway'

Under the direction of Dr. Audrey Kaiser, CCRI students and alumni will perform a musical revue of new and old Broadway shows. Showtimes are as follows:

  • 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, June 12
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, June 13
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14

The production will take place in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. For more information, call the box office at 401-825-1135 or visit the "Hello Broadway" Facebook page.

Volunteers sought for free dental clinic in Lincoln

RIMOM CCRI will host the fourth annual Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic at its Flanagan Campus in Lincoln on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31. Various volunteer opportunities are available for community members as well as dental and medical professionals. Visit the website to learn more and register.

Blackboard scheduled downtime

The CCRI Blackboard system will be unavailable for system maintenance from noon on May 14 through noon on May 16. During this time, the Blackboard system will be unavailable. Information regarding system status and planned outages can be found on the Information Technology Web page.

Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

golfThe Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Association will hold its 13th Annual Golf Tournament on June 10 at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will enhance the Alumni Association's ability to provide student assistance through book awards and emergency funds. Online registration is available.

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Events This Week

Commencement 2015

CCRI will celebrate its 50th commencement on Friday, May 15, in the Vincent A. Cullen Field House at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Learn more about the event on the Commencement Web page.

Blackboard scheduled downtime

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Ongoing News and Events

Long-term MyCourseTools upgrade

Over the next 18 months, IT will be upgrading the application that provides the various faculty resources on the MyCCRI portal.

The first phase of this implementation is to disable the MyCourseTools tab at the end of the 2015 summer semester. The most widely used MyCourseTools resource is the ability to email course enrollments. The Blackboard learning management system provides an email tool with the same functionality as the email tool in MyCourseTools.

Accessing Blackboard and your individual courses and enabling email for those courses is simple. Instructional Support staff will provide resources to assist faculty in making a seamless transition from the MyCourseTools email to the Blackboard email tool. Webinars, videos, documentation and one-on-one consultations will be made available to you.

If you would like to get a head start on using Blackboard's email tool, please contact the Instructional Support staff on your campus to make an appointment. They can get you started at your convenience. Otherwise, information about resources and scheduled events will be sent to you over the next several months.

News from the controller

The out-of-state travel policy has been revised and went into effect March 18, 2015. Please refer to the Controller's website for more information.

CITLA Spring Symposium

citlaJoin Dr. David McConnell as he presents a two-part workshop on active learning techniques and the noncognitive, or metacognitive, aspects of our students' learning at the CITLA Spring Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. McConnell is a professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences at North Carolina State University.

The first part will focus on how we can help students learn how to learn, how we can motivate them to learn, and how we can work with our students' attitudes, perceptions and values.

The second part will showcase successful techniques in active learning, research-based learning, interactive engagement and engaged pedagogies to help make the classroom more student-centered.

The symposium is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Learn more and RSVP.

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle

alex and aniIn honor of the Community College of Rhode Island's 50th year, the CCRI Alumni Association has partnered with Alex and Ani to create the first-ever community college signature patented expandable wire charm bangle, made in America with love.

Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI charm bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards. Bangles are available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and on the Bookstore website.

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Human Resources
Announcement Corner

In addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Annual open enrollment period

The annual open enrollment period is being held from May 18 to June 12 for biweekly employees. This is the one time a year when you are able to make changes or enroll in the following benefit programs. Read more above.

Co-share deduction

The State Controller's Office has announced that there will be no medical insurance co-share deduction from biweekly employee paychecks for pay period 24, with a pay date of June 5. This "health holiday" applies only to the medical insurance. The premium co-share deductions for dental and vision still will be deducted.

The wellness credit scheduled to be included in the June 5 paycheck now will be processed in the July 3 paycheck.

Anyone with questions should contact the Office of Human Resources at 825-2311.

Policies and procedures

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up-to-date about our policies and procedures, the Office of Human Resources will send you periodic emails throughout the year asking you to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with certain workplace policies.

We ask that you please review the following policies and procedures:

If you should have any questions about the Bioterrorism Preparedness Program policy, please call Dale Wetherell, director of Safety and Security, or Thomas Kurowski, captain, at 825-2109.

Performance reviews

Performance evaluation forms have been distributed to all department heads for all nonclassified and classified employees via email. Employees were emailed a letter and the Employee Preparation for Performance Review Meeting form on April 1. All nonclassified and classified job descriptions may be viewed online. Performance evaluations must be completed and returned to Human Resources by Tuesday, June 30.

New hire

Melisa Loa has been hired as a coordinator/counselor in the Access to Opportunity Office at the Flanagan and Newport County campuses.

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Last Updated: 5/11/15